Number 78 – 88

Here’s songs 78-88 on the 2021 Great 88:

#88

“Tweedlee Dee” by LaVern Baker (1955)

Baker closely approached a pop style in her recording, but a cover of the song was quickly recorded by Georgia Gibbs for Mercury Records, a major label, which had better distribution than Atlantic, an independent label. The cover version, which had the same lyrics and closely imitated the style and arrangement of the original. became a gold record for Gibbs, ruining any chance of Baker’s recording becoming a pop hit.

2020:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  first time on survey

#87

“Georgia on My Mind” by Ray Charles (1960)

This was a #10 hit for a jazz saxophone player named Frankie Trumbauer in 1931. Many artists have recorded it over the years, including Louis Armstrong, James Brown (a Georgia native), Django Reinhardt, and Willie Nelson. Charles’ version is by far the most famous.

2020:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  first time on survey

#86

“You Send Me” by Sam Cooke (1957)

Cooke was signed to Specialty Records, which was a gospel label. Cooke’s producer, Bumps Blackwell, brought this to Art Rupe, who owned the label. Rupe objected to the use of the choir on this track and was afraid it was too secular and would alienate the label’s gospel fans. He offered Cooke a release from his contract in exchange for outstanding royalties. The song was passed to the Keen label where it sold over 2 million copies.

2020:  #86, Highest Ranking:  #31 in 2014

#85

“Runaround Sue” by Dion (1961)

Two years after this song was released, Dion married a woman named Sue. In a 2009 interview with Blueswax, Dion revealed that his wife tells people this song is about her, even though she knows it isn’t. Said Dion: “She goes around telling everybody, ‘Yeah, I’m Runaround Sue.’ I said, ‘Why do you tell people that?’ She says, ‘They remember me.’ She said, ‘If I don’t tell them that, they won’t remember me.'”

2019:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #8 in 2018

#84

“Blue Monday” by Fats Domino (1956)

“Blue Monday” is originally written by Dave Bartholomew, and first recorded by Smiley Lewis in 1954.  It was later popularized in a recording by Fats Domino in 1956, with the songwriting credit was shared between Bartholomew and Domino. Most later versions have credited Bartholomew and Domino as co-writers.

2020:  #79, Highest Ranking: #26 in 2017

#83

“Twilight Time” by The Platters (1958)

“Twilight Time” is a song with lyrics by songwriter Buck Ram (the seminal force behind The Platters, who were originally named “The Buck Ram Platters”) and music by The Three Suns (Morty Nevins, Al Nevins, and Artie Dunn). The Three Suns also originally recorded the song, which hit for them in 1944 at #8. Al Nevins would later go on to become a music producer together with Don Kirshner, forming Aldon music.

2020:  #77, Highest Ranking:  #77 in 2020

#82

“Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go” by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters (1960)

Written by Hank Ballard, the single was the last of the Midnighters’ three number-one singles on the R&B chart, staying there for three non-consecutive weeks. “Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go” is also Ballard & the Midnighters’ most successful pop single, peaking at number six.

2020:  #88, Highest Ranking:  #88 in 2020

#81

“Sea of Love” by Phil Philips with the Twilights (1959)

Philips was trying to impress a girl named Verdie Mae Thomas, and since he was good with a guitar, he decided to do it with a song. In the Billboard Book of One Hit Wonders, Phillips is quoted as saying: “I had my guitar, so I went and wrote this song, ‘Sea of Love.’ You see, she really didn’t believe in me. But I felt if I could sing about it – a sea of love where it’s quiet and peaceful – I could really show her how much I loved her and cared for her.”

2020:  #61, Highest Ranking:  #14 in 2016

#80

“Stay” by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs (1960)

The song was written by Williams in 1953 when he was 15 years old. He had been trying to convince his date not to go home at 10 o’clock as she was supposed to. He lost the argument, but as he was to relate years later, “Like a flood, the words just came to me.”  It became a hit after being put on a demo recording by the group seven years later.

2019:  #43, Highest Ranking:  #8 in 2017

#79

“Sea Cruise” by Frankie Ford (1959)

The song was originally recorded by Huey Smith and the Clowns, but Frankie Ford’s lead vocal replaced Huey Smith’s while the group was on tour. Smith was furious when he heard the finished product. It was credited to Frankie Ford with Huey “Piano” Smith and The Clowns.

2020:  #41, Highest Ranking:  #38 in 2017

#78

“It’s All in the Game” by Tommy Edwards (1958)

This is the only #1 hit ever written by a US Vice President. It was composed in 1911 by then-banker Charles Gates Dawes, who became VP under Calvin Coolidge in 1925. The lyrics were added in 1951 by the Brill Building songwriter Carl Sigman, who also changed the song’s name to “It’s All in the Game.”

2020:  #58, Highest Ranking:  #20 in 2017

Check out all the songs that made the 2021 Great 88 here. You can also see the first round results here.

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